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Dating website signs up Ten Thousand members

PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - 19 December 2001

Dating website signs up Ten Thousand members

Internet dating site findsomeone.co.nz recently reached a milestone, signing up it's 10,000th member.

The growth has come despite the site being a relative rarity on the internet - it's not free to use. Members have to pay a monthly fee for full access to the site.

"Almost half of our members have joined since we introduced charging. " says general manager Nigel Stanford. "Growth has slowed, but not as much as we expected. The positive benefit for the members are we don't get any time wasters or bored teenagers that have plagued the free sites." It seems to be working - there have been several engagements between members in recent months.

"You can't take too much credit, but it's a good feeling to have played matchmaker and helped someone to find a partner. Especially when some of them have been single for years, and had all but given up." he says. Stanford sees a deal with auction site TradeMe.co.nz as a key to FindSomeone's success.

"Linking with a big website is a sure fire way to get customers, and in New Zealand, they don't come much bigger than Trade Me." He says.

"The merger has given both FindSomeone and TradeMe access to hundreds of new members every day." Indeed, the TradeMe group now gets more visitors each day than heavy hitters TVNZ, Telecom, and search engine altavista.

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Contact: Nigel Stanford email: nigel@trademe.co.nz Mob: 021 1132 843 Land: 04 473 7955 Fax: 04 473 9257 Web: http://www.findsomeone.co.nz

TRADE ME LIMITED L4, 125 Featherston Street PO Box 11-707 Wellington NEW ZEALAND




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